Ken Myers on Reason and Faith (Mars Hill Audio, Vol 146)
In his book, The Catholicity of Reason, philosopher DC Schindler writes,
“To insist on the neutrality of reason means to affirm that reason is not, by its very nature, ordered to God.” This insistence is not, obviously, theologically neutral. It contradicts historic Christian teaching as a gift from God, as a expression of the image of a god, and even as a mode of participation in the life of the Logos.
In his book, “The Logic of the Heart,” philosopher James Peters has argued that according to the Augustinian tradition, we were created with the power of reason “not merely to make true judgements concerning a world of neutral, non-moral facts, but to enable the rational individual to make proper contact with reality. A state of being that requires not only true belief, but the transformation of the will and affections needed to put us in touch with, to align us fully with reality. Assisted by divine charity, the proper function of reason is both cognitive and unitive. The perfection of reason requires our being transformed into the kind of persons we are designed to be, persons who are able not only to describe but also to affirm and become united with the God of love.”
In that framework, reason can never be thought of as a “mere blind machine indifferently processing data.” Reason by its nature is oriented to God, and to use it to separate us from God is to violate its proper end.